what’s blooming in this corner of the Orchard Garden

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Perennials, above: red coral bells, tufted hair grass, and yellow lady’s mantle.

And on the other side, some pleasant surprises.

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Self-seeded annuals, above: blue forget-me-nots and pink sweet william (silene armeria), both from my neighbour.

 

plans for the orchard garden

With the two west corners of the orchard garden done and the veggie box in place, I wanted to have a look at how much room I have left on the east side of what will eventually be a circular lawn.  So my youngest and I, using a skipping rope, turned ourselves into a human compass this morning and marked out the circle which will form the edge of the lawn.  It helps me get a better feel for how much space I have.

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It’ll be a few years before the east side, above, will be finished.  There will be a little sitting area back here because it’s the sunniest spot in the evening and because, well, I’m trying not to overwhelm myself with too much planting space.  In that vein, I’m also planting more shrubs than I did in my old garden.

Goals for this spring:

  • add another haskap (honeyberry) shrub where the small bamboo pyramid is,
  • move the 3 Romeo cherries and an ornamental grass from the front; this will turn the veggie garden into a separate “garden room”,
  • move a golden dogwood (cornus alba “Neon Burst”) to the spot marked by the large pyramid,
  • take down the large (unhealthy) crabapple tree and replace with a dwarf blue spruce for more winter greenery,
  • add some bergenia from the veggie garden.

Evans cherry trees one week later

Just last week-end I posted photos of my cherry trees which had finally started to turn yellow.  Well that didn’t last long!

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At least there is more to look at now in this garden area, even in winter.  I see these two trees and their surrounding underplantings from the kitchen window.  I *must* have good garden views from the house to get me through winter!  So, one week down…